Creative Sewing Challenge

Musings of a Seamstress Blue Dot Georgia side

Well, that was an unexpected blogging break and now I have such a backlog of projects to share.  Today I am going to start with my version of Blue Dot Patterns Georgia Top.  Several weeks ago Melissa, of Mahlica Designs, asked me to participate in a Creative Sewing Challenge using my choice of Blue Dot Pattern.  I jumped at the chance to try a new to me pattern company and get creative with my version.

I decided to go with the Georgia Top, which is a quick  beginner level knit project with a dolman sleeve. The pattern itself is very easy to put together.  I think from beginning to end it took me about an hour.  I love a good quick project.

Musings of a Seamstress Blue Dot Georgia

For my version I added 15″ to the length to make it a dress on me.  I did cut a size XL, but because of the added length I added about 5″ in width to the bottom and tapered it upward.  I also cut the underarm curve shallower than the pattern to create a more pronounced dolman sleeve.  I used every bit of my 2 yards of tie dye chevron jersey rayon spandex.  This was one of the fabrics in the Girl Charlee August Knitfix.  I am obsessed with Knitfix, but that is a post for another time.  This fabric was a popular one from August and I was lucky enough to get it in my bag.  I had another dress planned for it but then it just called to be made into this pattern.  I think that was the best choice.


Musings of a Seamstress Blue Dot Georgia

Overall, I am very pleased with how this dress turned out.  I love this pattern! I am calling it secret pajamas because of how soft and comfortable this jersey is.  This is definitely a different dress silhouette for me, but it paid off trying it.  I got so many compliments on it today.  I have already planned my next version.  Next time I am going to add a little more width to the hip area.  I am also going to lengthen the sleeve by about 5″ and put bit of elastic in the sleeve to ruche it up a little with the longer sleeve.  Now, which fabric should I make the next one in?

Want to check out who else is participating with me in the Creative Sewing Challenge?  Check out the list below then hop on over to Mahlica Designs and Gatorbunny Sews to enter the giveaway they are hosting.

Michelle of thatblackchic
Ashley of sewnbyashley
Cindy of
Rachel of Bobbinsonmymind
Shanni from Shanniloves
Kyla of LifebyKy
Amy of thatssewamy

Zinck’s Fabric Haul

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

At the end of September I finally got a chance to go to a fabric store that I have been dying to go to for over a year now.  Zinck’s Fabric Outlet is in Ligonier on my way back to my hometown.  It is about 2 hours away from me now.  Every time Eric and I have gone back home over the last year I have wanted to stop there, but never have.  We have either been coming through on a Sunday, when they are not open, or Eric is driving and he refuses to stop and aid in my fabric hoarding.  I don’t blame him for that either.  I mean, have you seen the size of my stash?  Septembers purchases officially put me 5.5 yards in hole for the year, with a grand total of 103.75 yards purchased and only 98.25 yards used.  Time to really get sewing in these last three months of the year.

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

Let’s get back to the fabric goodness and ignore my hoarding addiction.  Zinick’s is huge!  The store is located in close proximity to a large Amish and Mennonite population, so they do have a large selection of basic solid color wovens.  However, that color organized wall above is all knits!  Every color and shade in a variety of different knits.  I may have went over this wall three or four times to make sure I saw everything.

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

Then, when you turn around there are more printed knits, which is what the chevrons are, and a wide selection of printed chiffons.  There was a glen plaid chiffon that I am now regretting not getting.  I couldn’t picture what I would make with it, so I didn’t get it.  Maybe I was too overwhelmed by all the awesomeness, because now I can think of several things that could be great with that print.

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

They did have a small selection of sparkly fabrics, which included the matte black solid sequin above.  With the population I mentioned earlier, this is just not the market for this kind of fabric.  That being said, that 3.99 is the cost per yard!  Umm…hello, that is a steal for solid sequins. I didn’t get any of this since I already have so much sequin fabric.  It was hard to pass it up at that price though.  It almost felt like I had to buy it, because you know, sequins.

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

There was an entire wall of plaid flannels.  Also, very very tempting, but I wasn’t sure of any upcoming projects that I could use it for.  I passed on it for now.

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

Most importantly, the 100% wool section. Do you see that red price sticker?  You sure are reading that right, $2.99 per yard.  Let me repeat that, 100% woo for less than $3 a yard! Sequins I can pass up at that price, but this…this must come home with me.  This is all pretty lightweight wool’s with a crisp hand.  Definitely not heavyweight coating fabric, but it will work great for a skirt or dress.

They also stock a very large selection of cotton quilting fabrics, including Homespun cotton prints, and a large selection of fleeces.  I even saw some great stretch denim, but they only had black and bright pink, neither of which I could see myself wearing.  At the front of the store are bins full of remnants that are all marked for under $2 a yard and bulk button purchases.  Just over a quarter of the store was filled with drapery and home decor fabrics, including all the trims  you could want to choose from too.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of  any of this, because I was too busy touching all the fabrics.  Maybe next time.

Are you wondering what I did buy?

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

Well, I picked up two floral print chiffons at 3 yards each.  The one on the left is a crinkle chiffon with gold thread and a fuchsia and black watercolor floral that was $3.99 per yard ($11.97 total).  The one on the right is a tighter weave chiffon with a bright floral print that feels a little Asian inspired to me, for $2.99 per yard ($8.97 total).  Great prices for great prints that will make great pieces in my wardrobe.  

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric Outlet

Then there are all those knits that I spent so much time looking at.  I picked up three different knits at three yards each.  The first one on the left is a teal jersey for $1.96 a yard ($5.88 total) that is so incredibly soft I want to be wrapped up in it all the time.  When they were cutting this one there was a small hole in it, so they did give me the option of an extra quarter of a yard or she could re cut it at the hole. I took the extra quarter of a yard because the hole is small enough I think I can work around it.  I thought that was pretty awesome customer service of them to let me make the decision.  The dusty lilac in the center is also a jersey knit for a whooping $1.99 a yard ($5.97 total).  The blue on the right is a ponte knit for $1.96 a yard ($5.88 total), that has some tiny dye specks that are barely noticeable.  I almost squealed when I found this one, though.  Ponte is one of my new favorite knits and the color on this one is perfect.  It is more of a steely blue, which did not translate well in this picture.  In fact, none of the knits photographed well in terms of color.  I foresee some new fall dresses in the next month or so.

Musings of a Seamstress - Zinck's Fabric OutletLastly, I could not pass up the $2.99 a yard wool.  I picked up three yards of this army green wool for a total of $8.97.  That price is insane to me!  Again this is not the true color in this photo.  Silly camera phone.  I also grabbed a couple of silver separating zippers to go with the wool.  I think I either want to make some sort of moto jacket incorporating the zippers or a version of the Sewaholic Minoru Jacket.  Which would you make?

Final thoughts

All in all they have some amazing prices.  I am going to try to wash the knits here in the next couple of days and try them out, so I will let you know how the quality is once I make them up.  Maybe pick up some of those plaid flannels and some more knits.  The store didn’t have the best lighting. I had to take some bolts to other parts of the store to get a good idea of the true color.  I am guessing the building was was built in the 50’s or 60’s based on the massive light orbs hanging from the ceiling, so I expected it to have pretty poor lighting. I wish I would have gotten some pictures of the orbs though.  There were only two women working and they were very polite.   I am definitely going to try to stop here again sometime.

Monday Musings

It has been awhile since I have done a Monday Musings post.  I have so much that I am excited about and not enough time to write full posts for, so here it goes.

  • Fall is here!  Which means pumpkin spice and football.
  • BASIC!
  • I recently finished Felicia Day’s book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).
  • It was great and I recommend it!
  • I am super excited about fall sewing, even though I haven’t started it yet.
  • I really want to make fall dresses this year.
  • The theme for Eric and I’s annual Halloween party is County Fair.
  • I will be the town gossip who makes award winning pies and quilts.
  • I look forward to this role.
  • Since Eric is always the host and never plays a role he will be a carnival barker this year.
  • This will be the only costume I make.
  • Other than the awesome little girls Wonder Woman costume I am making.
  • I really need to finish it now.
  • I am part of the Old Lady Style Tribe, along with Leila, Anne, Heather, Catja, Gillian, and Elizabeth.
  • I love these women and their styles.
  • We will make one fierce tribe.
  • Look for my style contribution sometime this month.
  • I recently visited a new to me fabrics store called Zinck’s  Fabric Outlet.
  • Stay tuned for a fabric haul post later this week.

That’s it for now!  Have a great night!

Behind the Scenes


A couple of weeks ago Eric and I went to see the Elkhart Civic Theatre’s performance of Deathtrap at the Bristol Opera House.  One of our long time friends was in it, so we just had to go see it.  If you ever see that this play is being performed, do yourself a favor and go see it!!  I am not going to spoil the storyline because it is just awesome when you go into knowing nothing about it.  The only thing I will say is that it is a great whodunit thriller that will keep you guessing till the very end!  Go find a theatre and enjoy it!

Bristol Opera House

After the show, I had the pleasure of getting to explore the large collection of costumes.  Walking into the room this is the first glimpse you get.  To say it is packed is an understatement.  Row after row of all sorts of costumes stuffed so tightly together on each rack that you could spend days looking through every single garment.  I didn’t bring my actual fancy camera since I didn’t know I would get to do this, so pictures from my phone will have to suffice.  Maybe next time.

Bristol Opera House

There are quite a few ghost stories circulating around the theatre, which is to be expected since the building was built in 1897.  My friend giving me the tour told me one such story about the costume department in particular.

Bristol Opera HouseShe said that there is a ghost who will help you locate garments you are searching for when you cannot find them.  All you have to do is ask for her help.  When you return to the room the garment will either be on the end of a rack or you will immediately know where to go.  I believe in ghosts, so I am going to go with this story too.

Bristol Opera House

There was an article recently published in the local paper, The Truth, that details some of the other ghost stories centered around the theatre and some other locations in Elkhart.  It is a great read and I recommend checking it out.

Bristol Opera House

Back to the costumes!  This little number was one of the fun treasures I found.  Sequins galore, because working in the show choir industry, you know I have a love of sequins.  I am so curious as to which show this would have been used for.  It is just fun and flashy that I have no idea.

Bristol Opera House

I also discovered this gorgeously soft white vintage fur cape.  Based on how luxurious it felt and the condition it was in, I am guessing it is real fur.  Of course I had to try it on!

Bristol Opera House

Look at that ruched detailing on this 70’s dress.  Just fab!  The skirt was a poly of some type with this great floral burnout.

Bristol Opera House

Patchwork printed peppermint swirl skirt anyone? What a number this one is!

Bristol Opera House

Then there was this embroidered kimono inspired dress!  Ack!  The colors are just divine.   Again, another one of those garments that I would love to know more about which show it was used for.

Bristol Opera House

Then there were the hats!  So many hats!  Above every aisle were shelves every type of hat imaginable.  This was a shelf of just police hats.  Yep, that was it, all sorts of different police hats.

Bristol Opera House

This gorgeous little number caught my attention.  My first instinct is to say this is a French Baroque inspired hat.  Super fun.  I would love to find the dress that goes with this hat.

Bristol Opera HouseWhy stop at trying on furs, when I could easily try on hats too?  I am not sure of when this one is supposed to be from, my guess is either 40’s or 50’s.  If you know, comment below, because I am curious.  It was fun to try on and definitely makes me want to try my hand at vintage dressing.

Bristol Opera House

If you are going to costume any character, of course, accessories must be included.  This entire end of the aisle was shelf after shelf of totes filled with different accessories.  I did not get a chance to go through them, but I wish I had.

Bristol Opera House

Now, a lot of costumes are pulled from what they already have on hand, but the theatre does have a decent size stash of fabric as well those times that they need to make something.  It looks a lot like the current state of my fabric stash.

Bristol Opera House
This is where the costumers work.  A couple of machines, a rack of thread, and a tin of notions down in the dressing area.  Sometimes if they are working on a large number of costumes they will temporarily rent a space where they can spread out and bring in a few more machines.


My friend also talked about the troubles of having such a packed costuming storage and small sewing space.  They are talking about renovations they can make to improve those things, but both take time and money considering the age of the building.  They are trying to make other improvements as well to attract more patrons and donations.  One such area that they are currently working on is the front lobby.  I am excited to say that I will be helping out with that by making the new curtains to go into the far two windows!

I am sure most local theatre’s face similar funding issues like the Elkhart Civic Theatre.  If you want to help out volunteer, make a donation, or better yet, go see a show.  It makes a fun date night for sure.

Fabulous Fall Must Makes

Hey Sew Long Summer sewers!  Here we are, in the last week of the sew along.  I cannot believe how quickly it has flown by.  I hope you all have been enjoying it as much as I have.  For this week, I am looking ahead to fall and all the fabulous things I want to sew up for the season.  So so many things, so many.  Pinterest, of course, is my go to source of inspiration and organizational planning for all the things.  Here are the top 5 items on my Fall 2015 board so far.

Sequin Blazers

sequin blazer 2sequin blazer   Grainline Studios Morris Blazer

This is at the top of my list and next in line to be made.  Have you seen this trend? I think the Morris Blazer from Grainline Studios is the perfect pattern for this look.  I also have some great solid black sequin fabric that I got from the fabric sale at work early this summer. Since I have the fabric and I have the pattern, now it is just a matter of being able to take the time to do it.

Duffle Coat

duffle coatcoat

After making Eric an Albion duffle coat this past winter I have grown quite fond of the style.  When I bought the fabric for Eric’s version I also picked up this amazing army green wool for myself.  I didn’t have a solid plan for it other than some sort of coat.  I am absolutely sold on making a version of the Albion for myself.  Luckily, Sarai posted a great sew along with tips on converting the pattern to fit a woman’s body.  I am on the hunt for the lining now.  I want something fun, funky, and floral.  I imagine something with shades of army green, dusty lilac and dusty rose pink.

Colored Jeans

colored denimred jeansCloset Case Files Ginger JeansThis one has been on my must make list for over a year now.  To be fair, I did make a red pair last year for the Fabric Mart Fabricista challenge last year.  I have yet to wear them because I put them in my UFO pile to sew on belt loops and never touched them.  I need to finish them. NEED TO!  Other than that, I want to make the highly praised Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files out of a dusty rose pink stretch denim I purchased earlier this year.  Last year I did a lot of pink and gray, and I am still in love with this color combo, so pink jeans with some of the gray tops I made last year sounds divine!

Button Ups

polka dots leopard button upchambray

I really really need some button ups in my wardrobe.  Like really need them.  I don’t own a single one.  How can I not have one you wonder?  Well, a big busted girl, such as myself, tends to have trouble finding one that fits that area.  Normally they are too tight causing them to pull open.  So not flattering!  The new Sewaholic Granville Shirt looks amazing, plus an FBA does amazing things.  I have some chambray in the stash to try this out with and if that works we will see what other fabrics I can come up with for some other unique button ups that are not plain white.

Fall Dresses

chambray shirtdress

Paprika Patterns Jasper Dress

I live in dresses during the summer and I love every minute of it.  I want to continue this love into the fall.  Dresses with tights, boots, cardis, and scarves sound amazing.  On the upshot, I have everything in my wardrobe, except the clutch, to make my own version of the black dress outfit for fall.  I am pretty excited about it.  A chambray dress, much like a chambray button up, has been on my sewing list for a bit too.  Then the Jasper Sweater dress from Paprika Patterns kept popping up on my Pinterest and Bloglovin’ feeds and it was love at first sight.  This pattern looks so warm and comfy, like wearing secret pajamas.

What have you made or are planning on making for fall?


Sew Long Summer: Holidaze Christmas Edition

Hey Summer Sewers!  How was your Labor Day weekend?  Personally, I did not  get any sewing done.  Eric and I did and immense amount of housework and yard work.  By immense, I mean, we edged our lawn, cleaned out our overly stuffed garage, touch up painted trim, and general deep cleaning.  It was much needed and will help down the road when we are ready for our home study.   At any rate, we did not do the typical holiday cookout with friends and family. Instead, I spent the three days in yoga pants and tank tops, not really the holiday wardrobe I can write about.  Especially since I didn’t even sew a thing I wore all weekend.


Since this weeks theme is Holidaze and I do not have anything to show, I want to talk about planning for Christmas or which ever religious holiday you celebrate.  I know it, it is still a few months away but there are some other projects I have been working on that have put that holiday spirit in me already.


When I think about Christmas, I think of classic holiday music from a bygone era by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. I think of silver tinsel icicles and big colorful strings of bulbs.  I think of movies like White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, two of my favorites by the way.  I think you are getting the picture, I like a good old fashioned Christmas.  With that vintage Christmas come the dresses with nipped in waists and full skirts.


Too bad, I never have a chance to wear them.  This year, I am changing this regardless of being way overdressed for all of our holiday engagements. What am I planning, you ask? Well, let me show you.



Oh boy, do I love these fabulous holiday frocks.  They are so classy. Best of all, this silhouette is incredibly flattering on most body types.  It makes you wonder why we ever stopped wearing them.

The details and  unique look of each dress. For example, on the dress above your eye is immediately drawn to the bow on the waist.   I love the little details that separate each dress from another.


Then there are the necklines.  Each dress I am presenting here has a distinctly unique neckline.  Most of the skirts are very similar in fullness, but it is the neckline that keeps your attention.


Lastly there are the colors and fabrics.  Rich luxurious fabrics such as plush velvets, metallic brocades, and iridescent silk duponi all in traditional deep reds, emerald greens and gold.



All of these are aspects to take into consideration when planning your vintage holiday attire.  Personally, my most favorite of these examples is the dress with the polka dot bodice and red skirt with a green sash at the waist.  It appears that this one has a blouse like bodice with a dramatic collar and, of course, a full skirt.  I think this is the look I am m going to recreate for the holidays.  Maybe this will lead me to start wearing the vintage dresses I am so enamored with on a semi-regular basis.  Now I am on the hunt for a expensive looking (key word) polka dot fabric for the bodice.

Do you enjoy dressing up for the holidays? What do you like to wear?

Sew Long Summer: Never Ending Summer

We are at the mid way point for this weeks theme of Never Ending Summer.  These are the pieces that make us keep that summer cheer all year round.  Those garments that you can wear in the summer and then again in the winter.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

For me, one of those garments is Dixie DIY’s Summer Concert Tee.  It may be because summer is in the name of the pattern, but this one makes me think summer all year.  It is loose, flows well and has the perfect hi-lo hem.  Once made up in a big floral print, it screams summer even more.  There is also some lime green in the print that just didn’t show up well in the photos.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

This is my 4th version of this top and I think it may be my favorite so far.  I used 2 yards of a cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee’s August KnitFix.  This was my first ever KnitFix and it was amazing!  I highly recommend you try it some time, if you haven’t already.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

I did eliminate the sleeve bands and added 1/2″ to the length of the sleeve instead because I like where the sleeve hits better.  I also added 5″ to the length of the top, partially because I am stubborn and did not pre-wash my fabric.  I know it is going to shrink and probably do some other crazy things too once it has been washed.  I also added the length for my own personal comfort.  The base length of the pattern just does not hit in a spot that I would prefer for my body.  Plus, I love the look it creates when worn with shorts and sandals.  It feels very boho and fun to me.  All I need now is a  big floppy hat and lots of silver bangles and I am ready for Coachella.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

Now, obviously I cannot wear this with shorts and sandals during the winter.  Instead, I plan on changing up the look by wearing it with skinny jeans, boots and a great scarf.  It is for sure 86 degrees out and with the humidity the RealFeel is 96 degrees.  The things we do for blog photos!

Show us your Never Ending Summer garments by joining the link up on Melissa’s page and posting in our Facebook group.

Sew Long Summer: Summer Crush

I know I am a day late in posting this for the Summer Crush theme last week, but I had some family things to take care of yesterday that prevented me from finishing everything up.  Not to worry, everyone is doing good now.  Eric and I just had to attend to several different family members yesterday all for different issues.  It was a busy weekend for us, which culminated with me having jury duty today.  Luckily, I didn’t get picked, because I don’t think I could handle the case that was being presented.

I still want to share the garment I made for Summer Crush though. Here it is, better late than never.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontOn Saturday, I mentioned my summer crush this year is the maxi dress.  Here is the newest one I have made. Another version of McCall’s 6073!  Big surprise, right?!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 backThis is my third version of this pattern this year and I am not even close to sick of it.  The pattern is so flattering to my body type that most of my dresses are this type of style.  The belt does a great  job of accentuating my midsection, while the crossover shows off my curves well.  The overall length of the bodice hits me in a great spot so the skirt makes me look taller.  The gathers of the skirt help to hide my tummy too.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sideThis version is a whole lot of floral!  I love the print of this ITY Knit and I also have it in a purple colorway.  Both of these were purchased from my job way back in June at $1.12 a yard. I also added an underlining to the bodice of white swimwear lining for to help support the weight of the skirt.  I used 3.25 yards of the ITY and .75 yards of the swimwear lining  for a total cost of $8.24.  Not too bad! Not bad at all!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sidebackI  did make a couple of minor alterations to this version.  First, I took the crossover at the belt down by about 1″ to eliminate some of the gaping open at the chest.  This didn’t quite do the trick so I took the shoulders up in the front only by 1.5″ and now it is perfect.  There is no gaping open and it fits nicely around my curves.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontThis weeks theme is Never Ending Summer, where we are sewing garments that keep us in a summer state of mind all year round.  I have one garment ready but am not contemplating making a second.  Head on over to Melissa’s blog to read more about this week’s theme and join the linky party!

5 Tips to Speed Up Your Sewing

sewlongsummer-badgeHow is your summer sewing going? Sew Long Summer is off and running, and it is not too late to join in on the fun!  This weeks theme is Summer Crush and it is all about trying those patterns you have been crushing on but not sewing up for one reason or another.  My personal summer crush is maxi dresses.  I have made 5 this summer.  I will be sharing my newest one tomorrow, after I have a much needed photo shoot.

This weeks theme runs until tomorrow night, so you still have plenty of time to get something sewn up for it.  I have a few tips to help you save some time too!  Working in the garment industry has given me some great insight on how to speed up my personal sewing.  I want to share a few things I have learned and adapted for home sewing.  Maybe you can try them throughout this sew along and beyond.

sewing machine

  1. Pre-cutting projects – I tried this out this past spring with great success!  Take a few hours and cut out several different projects.  Cutting is my least favorite part of sewing and as a result I can some how magically make it last way too long before I get to the actual sewing.  I found that if I set up my cutting table in front of the tv and put on Netflix, I can watch several episodes of a series or a couple of movies and end up with 3 or 4 projects cut and marked.  Then I can take a day over the weekend and sew up all those projects.  Depending on how busy work is, sometimes I just get a project cut out, after diner, each weeknight and then sew them up on the weekend.  As a bonus, it is super gratifying to end up with multiple finished projects in one day.
  2. Sew the same color garments – Sewing garments that are similar in color will allow you to change your thread less. Less time changing thread, searching for coordinating thread, or going out to purchase thread means more time sewing.  If I have black thread on my machine and serger I might as well sew up the black dress, skirt and anything else that I have been wanting to get too.
  3. Sew similar styles of garments – This same philosophy from the last tip goes for this one too.  If I have cut multiple projects out I try to make them similar styles. It is easier to sew this way because the basic order of construction stays the same between styles.  Small details and techniques may vary but if you are sewing a top you are going to stitch the shoulder seams, insert sleeves, close up side seam and sleeve, then hem.  Why not make it an assembly line process?  Have 4 tops cut that could all use the same thread, then complete the same steps for each garment instead of sewing one garment at a time, start to finish.  You will be surprised at how much time you save by when you do this.
  4.  Sew without pins – This is huge and it took some practice.  Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you spend pinning garments as you sew?  Try timing yourself when you pin each seam, dart or hem.  I can sew princess seams better and faster without pinning them and all it takes is a little practice.  Start by pinning your seam like you normally would.  Remove every other pin.  Now sew that seam.  Continue this until you are comfortable sewing with half the amount of pins.  Then do it again.  Keep going until you are down to no pins.  You will learn to have better control of the fabric and the final outcome.  When I sew without pins I start by making a few stitches, line up my ends and never let go of it in my left hand, find a mid point with my right hand and stitch away. Keep practicing this, you will amaze yourself with how quickly you can pick it up.
  5. Plan your sewing – All of these tips lead up to one big one.  Plan what you sew!  If you are anything like me you may have a large fabric stash, with a lot if pieces having been acquired with the thought of  “Oh, this would make a great (dress, top, etc)”.  I know that is generally my fabric purchasing mentality.  As a result, I have a lot of garment ideas just begging to be in my closet.  With this, I can pull a few pieces from the stash and match them with the desired pattern easily.  About once a season I go through the stash and pull fabrics and patterns I am inspired to sew up and put them on my shelf in full view.  Then all I have to do is pull the similar styles and colors to cut and sew when I am ready too.  It makes it easier to build a solid wardrobe as well when you have a plan of what to make.  I know that if I am making a top I also have something I can make to wear with it.  There have been several times, in the past, where I have made something awesome like a top, but cannot wear it because I didn’t have a coordinating color, fabric or style to go with it.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and can use them in your own sewing.  Let me know how they work out for you.

Next weeks Sew Long Summer theme is Never-ending Summer, where we will be sewing garments to keep us in a summer state of mind all year long.  


Sew Long Summer Kickoff Giveaway

Yep! You read that right!  This post is all about a giveaway!  Get excited!



I didn’t mention a lot about what this sew along will entail in my last post, so I wanted to take a minute to do that now.

Sew Long Summer is the brain child of host Melissa of Mahlicadesigns  and co-hosted by Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Cindy of, Ashley of Sewn by Ashley, and myself. You can read all of our bio’s here at Meet the Co-Host.

The sew along will last four weeks starting on August 24th and ending on September 22nd, the last day of summer.  We will be celebrating the end of summer and welcoming fall.  Each week will have a different theme to help you stay motiated

Summer Crush is Monday August 24th – Sunday August 30th.

This theme will be all about trying those summer patterns that you have been putting off for one reason or another.  It is also a time for finishing some of the UFO’s that have built up over the last couple of months.  Now is the time to do it.

Never Ending Summer is Monday August 31st – Sunday September 6th.

We will be sewing garments that keep us thinking summer all year round.  What do you want to wear when there are 6′ of snow outside in the middle of January?  Is it bright sunshiny colors  and prints? Or lightweight fabrics that can be worn now and layered in the colder months ahead?

Holi-Daze is Monday September 7th – Sunday September 13th

Labor day falls within this week, and we want to see what special things you are wearing.  This is also a time to start planning and prepping your holiday wardrobe for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fabulous Fall is Monday September 14th – Tuesday September 22

Since this is the last week of  summer, we will be looking ahead to fall sewing.  What is on your list of must make fall garments?  Let’s get a jump start on sewing those fall items now.

Start thinking about what you will be making now.  If you would like to share your creation simply use the hashtag #sewlongsummer15 on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, view/request to add photos in the Flickr album, or Pinterest Board. You can also share your creations through link up parties that will go live for each week’s theme.

Now, on to the giveaway.  To kick things off right we have a fabulous prize package for you to win. It includes a Friskers Scissors Sharperner , MyPad Needle Keeper, and a  $20 Joann’s Giftcard. I hope you are excited about these great prizes. Enter now via the Rafflecopter below.

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Good luck!!